Louisiana man arrested after struggling with trooper, fleeing in vehicle

Despite being tazed three times when he resisted arrest Friday, a Louisiana man managed to get back into his vehicle and drive away from an Arkansas State Trooper, later wrecking the vehicle when it landed upside down in a gravel pit at the dead end of Catalpa Street.

Christoper Evans, 35, of Bastrop, La., was driving without headlights on early Friday morning when Sgt. David Sims tried to stop him, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Evans Monday.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Sims, he stopped the vehicle driven by Evans on a parking lot in the 1900 block of Blake Street, and when he approached it, noticed a strong odor of intoxicating beverages coming from Evans and from inside the vehicle.

Kizer said Evans failed a series of field sobriety tests and when Sims attempted to arrest him, Evans resisted, struggling with Sims even after Sims had used his Tazer three times.

Sims said in the affidavit that Evans managed to make it back to his vehicle with Sims trying to hang on to him, then drove toward a ditch where Sims broke away, injuring himself in the process.

After Sims was able to get back into his vehicle, he started looking for Evans’ vehicle, which was seen by State Police Cpl. Marlon Briggs near 28th Avenue and Catalpa Street. Briggs initiated a pursuit and followed Evans’ vehicle until it hit the ditch at the end of Catalpa Street, landing upside down.

Sims said in the affidavit that Evans crawled out of the vehicle, then tried to crawl back in and hide when he saw the police officers.

Evans and a passenger in his vehicle were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries before being released and taken to the adult detention center.

Kizer said Evans had a lengthy prior criminal history, primarily from Texas and Louisiana.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Evans after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with felony fleeing.

Evans was also cited for DWI, third-degree battery, no proof of insurance, no seat belt, driving on a suspended driver’s license, reckless driving and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Evans, and he was told to come back to court June 17.